The Gordon-Nash Library News August 1st.
The Gordon-Nash Library is proud to present:
Internal Landscapes: Eco Art and Exploring Place
New Works by Cynthia Cutting Robinson
Tuesday, August 6th 6-8 p.m. in the Nash Room Gallery of the Gordon-Nash Library.
Cynthia C. Robinson is a teaching eco artist. An Eco artist is best defined by her own words:
“Considering local issues within the context of global culture, I offer alternative outlooks on these issues. I want to use my artwork as an agent for ecological change. Using gardens, trails, and public common spaces as sites and as metaphors, I consider landscapes as a form of cultural compost. The physical setting is where the resident culture’s histories, belief systems, and social activities combine with geographical and environmental ingredients to form a rich soil specific to the location and time period.
My goal is to deepen the connection between people and the natural world through understanding, compassion, and action.
Working with these concepts, I use natural and recycled materials, poetry, narrative text, mapping, drawing, painting, video, photography, collaborative actions, negotiation, and community planning. I consider the inter-personal work just as active an ingredient to the art making as pencils or paint.
Believing in the power of art and building community through collaborations, I work with a most basic concept of placing value on the natural landscape, developing an art practice that is based in dialogue and social interaction, balancing philosophical theories with physical intervention and education.
About these new works:
In this past year, I have been thinking more deeply about my personal and physical connection to natural spaces I experience. Taking moments to study, celebrate, and then incorporate naturally occurring forms, lines, gestures, and colors, I work to push beyond the traditional flat rectangular art format to re-present them in a different context. The results from this basic premise have varied from a small non-functional chair series, to wall works that morph painting and sculpture together, to a series that partners physical and philosophical chakra concepts with immediate found materials. I often think of these works as totem - like markers for moments and experiences along the way.”
Ms. Robinson was a painter for more than 20 years, and now uses all kinds of materials and processes to make artworks centered on environmental issues and ideas. She is an experienced art educator, has taught all ages of students including preschool, elementary, high school, and adult students for over 25 years.
She is a certified K-12 Art Teacher and is currently the Madison Elementary School Art Teacher. Her environmental art education business, Eco Art a la Carte takes her to schools and communities all over New England for workshops, after school programs, conferences, long term programs, and artist in residence weeks. In 2012, Cynthia opened a Teaching Studio as part of The Arts Collaborative in Meredith, NH.
Cynthia is a NH State Council on the Arts' Arts in Education Roster Artist, a member of the Arts Alliance of Northern NH, New England Consortium of Artist Professionals, New Hampshire Child in Nature Coalition and the Women's Caucus for Art NH. She has a BS in Studio Art from Skidmore College, and an MFA in Visual Art from Vermont College.
My basic Artist Statement:
Digging into landscape
Investigating environmental ingredients
Connecting to local histories and current interactions
Uncovering a rich soil for dialogue
The Gordon-Nash Library is also proudly to present:
Neal Martin: Piano
Don Saviano: Bass
Playing Jazz at the Nash
August 15th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
This is a fundraiser for the Gordon-Nash Library
Tickets are $10.00 at the door.
In other news, we are happy to see more people are coming to the library for yoga with Donna Sullivan. Classes are every Thursday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Classes are reasonably priced at $13.00 per lesson or $50.00 for five.
You may have seen our film club crew filming in the library. We are happy to be hosting the Newfound Film Club at the library. This group is open to anyone who enjoys making movies. They meet every Thursday from 3-5 at the library.